U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) To Provide Up to $40 Million for Research Into New QC Algorithms and Software Tools

The U.S. DOE has released Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOA) for both government labs and non-government organizations for research aimed at developing new algorithms and software for quantum computers. The effort seeks to move beyond the current relatively limited applications available on quantum computers toward more robust algorithms and application software that can be used on a practical level to tackle a range of scientific problems.

The goals are research objectives of the program are to develop:
• Basic research foundations in quantum algorithms and in quantum computer science.
• Mechanisms for taking on cross-cutting algorithmic and computer science challenges across quantum computing topics for DOE and SC relevant application-specific research.
• Tools and resources to facilitate the use of diverse hardware technologies and architectures.
• Mechanisms for providing a bridge between QIS and classical applied mathematics and computer science communities.
• Plans for engaging and interacting with (as appropriate) the DOE-supported QIS community.

DOE expects to select 2 or 3 collaborations to be selected with each one lasting up to 5 years with a maximum yearly funding of $5 million per collaboration. They anticipate the total value of authorizations for government labs will be between $35 and $25 million with an additional authorization for non-government organizations to be between $5 and $15 million. The deadline for submitting a Letter of Intent is May 1, 2019 and the deadline for submitting a proposal is May 31, 2019. For more information you can view DOE’s news release here, the Funding Opportunity Announcement for government labs here, and the announcement for non-government organizations here.